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  • Flashback: Obama Calls Plame Leak a Crime, Calls for Congressional Investigation (Video)

    05/28/2014 5:16:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/28/14 | Jim Hoft
    Jesse Watters pointed out today on The Five that during the Valerie Plame affair back in 2005 Senator Barack Obama called the leak a crime. He also called for an immediate investigation. “Remember what Obama as senator said about Valerie Plame? We have it right here. He called for an immediate Congressional investigation. He called it a possible “criminal act.” He said it jeopardized the safety of the networks of our intelligence agencies.” Plame was a CIA desk jockey at the time. Last weekend the Team O leaked the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan.
  • Behind the White House Leak of the CIA Agent’s Name Is a Real Story

    05/28/2014 9:45:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    independent sentinel ^ | May 27, 2014 | Sara Noble and Gary Spina
    According to the AP, a CIA agent’s name was leaked by the White House . The AP calls it an “embarrassing flub” even though it was a crime when an aide in the Bush administration leaked the name of part-time agent Valerie Plame. What’s given little attention in the story is the fact that the Washington Post reporter who wrote the story sent his copy to the White House to be checked for “accuracy.” ... First of all, any reporter worth his salt would not depend on the subject he’s reporting on to verify accuracy. That’s just crazy. He’d make...
  • Valerie Plame, ex-intelligence officials slam White House for 'astonishing' CIA leak

    05/28/2014 2:58:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/27/14 | Leslie Larson
    **SNIP** Valerie Plame, the ex-CIA operative outed by the W. Bush administration, also chimed in. “Astonishing: White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan,” she tweeted in a sardonic message on Monday. The name of the CIA’s chief of station in Kabul, the agency’s top spy in Afghanistan, was listed among the 15 officials briefing Obama upon his arrival at Bagram Air Base. The White House only caught the error when Washington Post reporter Scott Wilson alerted the press office, after Obama’s schedule was included in an email that was circulated to as many as 6,000 members of the media.
  • White House Cancels Press Briefing After Office Blows CIA Identity

    05/27/2014 5:36:05 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The White House press office canceled the daily briefing with reporters Tuesday, dodging tough questions after the press office mistakenly revealed the identity of the top CIA official in Afghanistan. The official was named in a list of participants of a meeting with President Obama during his brief trip to Afghanistan. After journalists at the Washington Post questioned the White House decision, the press office scrambled to update the list of participants sent to the press pool. On Tuesday afternoon, the White House surprised reporters by canceling the White House press briefing and instead scheduling a press call on President...
  • White House launches internal probe into accidental outing of CIA official

    05/27/2014 3:45:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/27/14 | Staff
    The White House has launched an internal probe after its press office inadvertently outed the top CIA official in Afghanistan -- a national security blunder that could put that individual at risk. A spokeswoman with the National Security Council confirmed to Fox News that the White House chief of staff asked White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to “look into what happened” and make recommendations on “how the administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again.” The brief statement from the National Security Council was the first on-the-record comment made by the administration since the
  • Exposure of CIA Station Chief Spotlights Administration’s Immaturity

    05/27/2014 3:24:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Anybody can make a mistake, and that certainly appears to be what led to the Obama White House’s exposure of the top CIA official in Afghanistan this weekend. Unfortunately, as Roger Kimball details , this is not an isolated incident. In year six of the Obama administration, it speaks volumes about not just incompetence but immaturity and the skewed priorities that come with it. Exactly because anyone can make a mistake, large organizations — presidential administrations included — build layers of vetting into the disclosure of information to the public. In this instance, because the commander-in-chief made a surprise visit...
  • White House Mistakenly Identifies CIA Chief In Afghanistan

    05/26/2014 4:48:18 AM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-25-14 | Greg Miller
    White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan 571 Share to Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Add to PersonalPost Share via Email Print Article More By Greg Miller, Published: May 25 E-mail the writer The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops. The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial...
  • Surprise! Obama Administration Outs Kabul CIA Chief During Obama’s Afghanistan Visit

    05/26/2014 5:03:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/26/2014 | Eric Owens
    An unidentified Obama administration official exposed the name of the highest-ranking CIA officer in Kabul on Saturday by accidentally placing it on a list of names provided to a bunch of media outlets. The list contained the names of several senior U.S. officials who took part in a military briefing during President Barack Obama’s surprise Memorial Day visit to Afghanistan to glad-hand with the troops, reports The Washington Post.
  • ‘Whoops!’ Did White House inadvertently publicly identify CIA station chief in Kabul?

    05/25/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan on Sunday. There is now buzz that the White House revealed the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul to a pool of reporters:
  • CIA official dies in apparent suicide

    04/05/2014 1:54:03 PM PDT · by mgist · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/5/13 | Gertz
    A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., Calif.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said the CIA has blocked efforts by the committee to investigate harsh interrogation of terrorists. Committee staff members working at a CIA facility in Northern Virginia to investigate agency interrogation practices also have charged that the CIA covertly searched the agency’s computers that were being used in the investigation. The agency subsequently reported that several Senate...
  • CIA suspends chief of Iran operations over workplace issues

    03/17/2014 2:08:11 AM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | Ken Dilanian
    Veteran officer Jonathan Bank is placed on leave amid a rebellion against his management style, current and former officials say. WASHINGTON — The CIA's chief of Iran operations was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put a crucial division in disarray, according to current and former officials. Officers and analysts in the Iran operations division, which coordinates spying on Iran and its nuclear program, were informed at a meeting last week at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., of the decision...
  • CIA Claims Benghazi Survivors Wanting to Talk Should Work Through Proper Channels

    08/06/2013 11:20:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/6/13 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    In a May 30, 2013, letter to CIA officers on the ground last fall in Benghazi, Libya, CIA director John Brennan notifies survivors of those attacks that congressional oversight committees remain interested in hearing from them. HPSCI (House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) and SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence), Brennan wrote, “have asked that CIA leadership reach out to officers who were in Benghazi during the attacks to let them know of the committees’ interest in hearing first-hand account. While the committees have asked that we make those in Benghazi during the attacks aware of their interest in hearing...
  • Copy of CIA Director's Letter to Benghazi Survivors

    08/06/2013 9:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/6/13 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained a copy of the letter CIA director John Brennan sent to survivors of the Benghazi terror attack:
  • Dozens of CIA operatives were on the ground during the Benghazi attack, agency in panic .......

    08/04/2013 10:43:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6:31 pm on August 1, 2013 | by Allahpundit
    What kind of panic are we talking about here? Actual quote from agency “insider” communications obtained by CNN: “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”The word of the day is “unprecedented.” Phony scandal no more: Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings…It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career…Another [insider] says, “You...
  • CIA 'running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked'

    08/02/2013 1:06:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 58 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 2, 2013 | Damien McElroy
    The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports.
  • Deputy CIA Director Resigns

    06/12/2013 12:53:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 189 replies
    Chad Pergram ^ | 6/12/13 | Chad Pergram
    Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 2m Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell resigns.
  • Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

    03/27/2013 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama's choice to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was approved by the Senate on a vote of 63-34, with thirteen Republicans voting to confirm him. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) created quite a stir with his 13-hour filibuster against the Brennan nomination. Not until he received written assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that U.S. citizens would not be targeted for killing by drones on U.S. soil would the doughty Kentuckian stand down. Good for him. John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice...
  • Rand Paul....LIVE!....filibustering Brennan confirmation

    03/06/2013 9:53:49 AM PST · by yoe · 761 replies
    C-span ^ | March 6, 2013 | Rand Paul
    LIVE on C-SPAN2: Senate Session
  • Sen. [Rand] Paul threatens hold on CIA pick [John Brennan] over use of drones

    02/14/2013 8:00:10 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    USA TODAY via GOP USA ^ | 2/14/2013 | Susan Page
    Sen. Rand Paul told USA Today Wednesday that he is prepared to put a "hold" on John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA and to filibuster it if necessary until the administration responds to his questions about the use of drones in the United States. The Kentucky Republican said he would do "whatever it takes" to block Brennan's confirmation until he directly answers whether American citizens legally can be killed by drone strikes within U.S. borders. ...
  • EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents (clip)

    02/10/2013 6:51:53 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 103 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Zennie
    Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL, and Jack Murphy, a former Green Beret, reveal the new claims in their book EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents and his own bodyguards who made sure his affair was exposed, claims new book 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' Petraeus was humiliated after a 'palace coup' by high-level intelligence officers who did not like the way he was running the CIA, authors say The book also claims that Petraeus and Ambassador Chris Stevens were caught off guard by Benghazi consulate attack because they weren't briefed about on-going U.S. military...
  • John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination

    01/07/2013 5:23:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/7/12 | Glenn Greenwald
    Prior to President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, a controversy erupted over reports that he intended to appoint John Brennan as CIA director. That controversy, in which I participated, centered around the fact that Brennan, as a Bush-era CIA official, had expressly endorsed Bush's programs of torture (other than waterboarding) and rendition and also was a vocal advocate of immunizing lawbreaking telecoms for their role in the illegal Bush NSA eavesdropping program. As a result, Brennan withdrew his name from consideration, issuing a bitter letter blaming "strong criticism in some quarters prompted by [his] previous service with the" CIA. This...
  • John Brennan will be nominated as CIA Director

    01/06/2013 4:45:18 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 37 replies
    Capitol Hill sources tell me President Obama intends to nominate John Brennan to be the next Director of the #CIA. Told as soon as tomorrow.
  • Ex-CIA Officer: Yes, Harsh Interrogations Helped Us Nail Bin Laden

    01/04/2013 4:48:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Guy Benson
    This doesn't quite qualify as breaking news for those who tracked the extraordinary labyrinth of intelligence that emerged in the days following the 2011 Abbottabad raid, but the subject of US interrogation policy is again generating controversy in advance of the release of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' a film that dramatizes the bin Laden mission.  Writing in today's Washington Post, a former top CIA counter-terrorism officer sets the record straight on what measures were, and were not, employed to help bring down the world's most infamous terrorist.  Jose Rodriguez -- who made headlines last year when his book exposed Nancy Pelosi's...
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”: Dramatized Fiction on CIA “Torture”

    01/04/2013 9:11:24 AM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-04-13 | Wordsmith
    How accurate and realistic is the portrayal of CIA interrogation in the film? The movie, after all, opens with a statement saying “based on firsthand accounts of actual events"; then goes on to show the fictionalized brutal abuse and torture of a fictional high value terrorist, including waterboarding. Well, one "firsthand account" not utilized as an expert consultant to the movie is Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, author of Hard Measures, and unapologetic defender of the CIA's "torture" program.... When I reviewed Zero Dark Thirty, the focus of my review was on whether or not political...
  • Secret CIA Structure Disclosed – OpEd (Benghazi, Doherty family gets nothing)

    12/29/2012 4:17:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 12/28/12 | VOR
    **SNIP** A real scandal broke out when it became known that the family of a GRS agent who was killed during the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Glen Doherty, hasn’t yet received any compensation from the CIS. The CIS officials say that Doherty was not employed permanently, and, according to the CIS’s regulations, pensions and compensations are provided only to the agency’s permanent employees and their families. Now, because Doherty’s family has received no compensation, it has to pay large debts. This story may undermine not only the CIA’s prestige, but also that of the US government. After all,...
  • CIA Recruiting Within "LGBT" Community for Spy Agency Staffing

    12/08/2012 12:36:39 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 December 2012 | Dave Bohon
    Once considered severe security threats within the nation's intelligence service, homosexuals are now being actively recruited to join the CIA. CIA Recruiting Within "LGBT" Community for Spy Agency Staffing The New American 08 December 2012 Apparently the Central Intelligence Agency is looking for a new style of agent. According to a National Public Radio report, as “part of the CIA's efforts to diversify its workforce, the spy agency is reaching out to a group that once was unable to get security clearance — lesbians and gay men.” In late November the CIA partnered with Florida's Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian...
  • CBS: CIA talking points for Rice never mentioned terrorism

    11/16/2012 10:00:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:01 pm on November 15, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It seems interesting this CBS scoop comes shortly before both the current and former directors of the CIA will testify as to what they know about the terrorist attack on our consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi.  Why, it’s almost as if someone at the White House or State Department wanted to follow up on Barack Obama’s defense of Susan Rice during yesterday’s press conference and pre-empt any potential fallout from whatever Mike Morell and David Petraeus have to say today and tomorrow.Naah.  I’m sure this is just another in the series of amazing coincidences regarding timing of revelations over...
  • WSJ: Petraeus pushed out after defending CIA over Benghazi?

    11/15/2012 11:41:33 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 74 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 15, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    (via Instapundit): In David Petraeus’s final days at the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency, his relations with chiefs of other U.S. agencies, including his boss, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, took a contentious turn. At issue was whether the CIA should break its silence about its role in Benghazi, Libya, to counter criticism that increasingly was being leveled at the agency and Mr. Petraeus, said senior officials involved in the discussions. Mr. Petraeus wanted his aides to push back hard and release their own timeline of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a...
  • CIA talking points for Susan Rice called Benghazi attack "spontaneously inspired" by protests

    11/15/2012 8:34:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 15, 2012
    CBS News has obtained the CIA talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Sept. 15 regarding the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, four days earlier. CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan says the talking points, which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee, make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault, which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. "Available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault... There are indications...
  • Was David Petraeus Blackmailed By His Own Government?

    11/12/2012 4:48:03 PM PST · by raptor22 · 53 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 12, 2012
    Petraeus Scandal: An affair that was known to the FBI for months and kept from congressional oversight committees might explain his complicity in a false narrative of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the order to "stand down." The addition of sex to Benghazigate adds a dimension sure to keep the scandal going and one that does indeed make Watergate seem like a third-rate burglary. The affair admitted to by Gen. David Petraeus, now our former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, might have attached blackmail or the potential for blackmail to a scandal we have already called a case of...
  • Petraeus Affair: Military Can Prosecute Adulterers

    11/12/2012 11:05:40 AM PST · by robowombat · 36 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | MARTHA RADDATZ
    Retired Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director last week after admitting an extramarital relationship, could possibly face military prosecution for adultery if officials turn up any evidence to counter his apparent claims that the affair began after he left the military. The affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, both of whom are married, began several months after his retirement from the Army in August 2011 and ended four months ago, retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan, a former Petraeus spokesman, told ABC News. Broadwell, 40, had extraordinary access to the 60-year-old general during six trips she...
  • Rep. King calls Petraeus affair a ‘crisis’ of ‘major proportions’

    11/12/2012 10:49:07 AM PST · by Arthurio · 24 replies
    By Meghashyam Mali - 11/12/12 08:12 AM ET House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) on Monday said he found the FBI investigation that uncovered former CIA Director David Petraeus’s extramarital affair a “crisis” of “major proportions.” “This is a crisis of, I believe, major proportions. It’s not a usual political thing,” said King on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” King’s remarks come as lawmakers have raised questions about why they or President Obama were not informed sooner that the nation’s top intelligence officer was being investigated by the FBI.
  • CIA denies Broadwell claim of “secret prison” in Benghazi annex

    11/12/2012 7:34:18 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies
    HotAir ^ | November 12, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    This seems like a pretty good reason to push the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell affair from a boys-club peccadillo into a resignation-worthy event. According to a transcript of a speech by Broadwell at the University of Denver the week before the election, Broadwell told an audience that the reason for the September 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate was neither a YouTube video nor a celebration of the anniversary of 9/11, but a prison escape for jihadis secretly held by the CIA in its nearby annex. Late last night, the CIA denied this report of a secret prison in its now-abandoned...
  • The Fall of Petraeus: A CIA Coup?

    11/12/2012 1:34:50 AM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 32 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Nov. 11, 2012 | Philip Giraldi
    It now seems clear what occurred to bring down CIA Director David Petraeus: some months ago his paramour Paula Broadwell sent threatening emails to another woman warning her to keep away from Petraeus, seemingly unaware that computers and emails have signatures that can be identified by investigators. The woman, identified by the Associated Press as Jill Kelley, became alarmed over being threatened and notified the FBI, which got into the emails to discover that there was an affair in progress, leading to an investigation of Petraeus to determine if any classifed information had been leaked. Broadwell was subsequently interviewed by...
  • Petraeus 'flew mistress to Paris for a trip that was funded by the government'

    11/11/2012 9:08:08 PM PST · by Arthurio · 69 replies
    David Petreaus took his mistress with him on a government funded trip to Paris after he was named director of the Central Intelligence Agency, according to news reports. Petraeus made the trip with 40-year-old Paula Broadwell, who has written a fawning biography of him, in July 2011, an unnamed source told Buzzfeed. Petraus was heading to his new job as chief of the CIA at the time. Sixteen months later, the four-star general has resigned from his post after his affair with Broadwell was uncovered by the FBI. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231568/Petraeus-flew-mistress-Paris-trip-funded-government-named-CIA-chief.html#ixzz2ByvdfzPq Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • MSNBC: CIA Director Petraeus Resigns; Cites Extra-Marital Affair

    11/09/2012 12:02:18 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 681 replies
    MSNBC | 11/09/2012 | n/a
    Breaking now.
  • Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account

    11/03/2012 10:02:40 AM PDT · by mgist · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/3/12 | Adam Housley Jennifer Griffin
    As details emerge of serious security issues before the attack on Sept. 11, Fox News is also beginning to hear more frustration from sources both on the ground in Benghazi and in the U.S. Multiple British and American sources insist there were other capabilities in the region and are mystified why none were used. Fox News was told there were not only armed drones that monitor Libyan chemical weapon sites in the area, but also F-18's, AC-130 aircraft and even helicopters that could have been dispatched in a timely fashion. British intelligence sources said that unarmed drones routinely flew over...
  • Former CIA officer predicted Obama administration’s calamity, deception in Libya

    10/28/2012 12:57:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10/28/12 | Christopher Collins
    Former CIA officer predicted Obama administration’s calamity, deception in LibyaBy: Christopher Collins October 28, 2012 **SNIP** Clizbe pointed out, ”Obama and his clique love covert operations. They've demonstrated that in the Global War on Terror (or “overseas contingency operations building bridges to Islamic extremists”). Instead of actually pursuing the war in Afghanistan with the tools in place—soldiers and Marines—they prefer Predator strikes in the hinterlands of Pakistan. The number of these covert action killings has soared from 2009 to 2011—with estimates of 5 dead in 2009 under Bush growing to several hundred dead in 2010 under Obama.” Clizbe stated, “No...
  • (CNN) Panetta on Benghazi attack: 'Could not put forces at risk'

    10/26/2012 4:20:01 AM PDT · by maggief · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | October 26, 2012 | Chris Lawrence
    The U.S. military did not get involved during the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, last month because officials did not have enough information about what was going on before the attack was over, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday. At a Pentagon news briefing, Panetta said there was no "real-time information" to be able to act on, even though the U.S. military was prepared to do so. "You don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on," Panetta said. "(We) felt we could not put forces at risk in that situation." A defense official...
  • No, the CIA is not going to take the fall for Obama on Libya-gate

    10/19/2012 8:36:04 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 65 replies
    In a ritual as old as the existence of the modern intelligence community, leaks are beginning to spill out protecting the CIA from having to take the fall for Obama’s Libya cover-up.
  • Questions on Benghazi

    10/14/2012 6:58:58 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/14/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    Where is CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus? He seems to be the missing man in the unfolding Benghazi debacle. It is his agency, among others, which is being fingered by the White House for getting the Libya attack wrong. However, we know that within a very short time after the murder of our ambassador (an extraordinary occurrence) and others, our intelligence community did have the story straight: This was an organized al-Qaeda attack. Is he to preside over a witchhunt? Or is he, who to date has been one of the most respected national security officials, going to be instrumental...
  • Questions on Benghazi ("Where is CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus?")

    10/14/2012 5:59:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Where is CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus? He seems to be the missing man in the unfolding Benghazi debacle. It is his agency, among others, which is being fingered by the White House for getting the Libya attack wrong. However, we know that within a very short time after the murder of our ambassador (an extraordinary occurrence) and others, our intelligence community did have the story straight: This was an organized al-Qaeda attack. Is he to preside over a witchhunt? Or is he, who to date has been one of the most respected national security officials, going to be instrumental...
  • Letting us in on a secret (CIA Benghazi)

    10/11/2012 7:17:31 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 62 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 10/10 | DANA MILBANK
    When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover.
  • CNN hits hard on Libya: The only conclusion is that the White House tried to cover something up

    10/02/2012 5:20:06 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    You already knew that the White House had reason to believe that Benghazi was a bona fide terror attack within 24 hours of it happening, no matter what Susan Rice said four days later, but I want you to watch this for two reasons. One: After the post on media bias, let’s give credit where it’s due. CNN has followed this story, and on primetime shows like this one and Anderson Cooper’s too. Two: Per Eli Lake’s piece in Newsweek today, someone has started leaking preliminary intel assessments made by the CIA that pointed to a spontaneous attack. (I wrote...
  • US Intelligence Suffers Major Compromise in Libya ("catastrophic intelligence loss" US official)

    09/24/2012 1:25:01 PM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies
    Red State ^ | 24 Sep 12 | Red State
    The sheer incompetence of our State Department and the Obama administration is once again being trotted out for the world to see. The tip of the iceberg was exposed last week when CNN reported on the journal of slain US Ambassador Christopher Stevens that one of its news crews had recovered from the smoking rubble of the former US consulate in Benghazi. One had to wonder what possessed a US ambassador to carry a paper journal outside the US embassy in this day and age and how in the name of heaven such a document was left unattended after the...
  • OBAMA SKIPPING STAGGERING AMOUNT OF DAILY INTELLIGENCE MEETINGS

    09/10/2012 11:17:23 AM PDT · by massmike · 40 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 09/10/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    One of the centerpieces of the Democratic case for Barack Obama‘s reelection in Charlotte last week was the President’s record on national security – specifically, his decision to pursue the operation that eventually led to the death of Osama bin Laden. That impressive achievement, however, may be blunted by the force of revelations by former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen in today’s Washington Post. Thiessen writes: President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It...
  • Correspondence and collusion between the New York Times and the CIA

    08/30/2012 7:22:09 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    The rightwing transparency group, Judicial Watch, released Tuesday a new batch of documents showing how eagerly the Obama administration shoveled information to Hollywood film-makers about the Bin Laden raid. Obama officials did so to enable the production of a politically beneficial pre-election film about that "heroic" killing, even as administration lawyers insisted to federal courts and media outlets that no disclosure was permissible because the raid was classified.
  • BOMBSHELL: Al-Qaeda Infiltrator was not CIA, Cover Blown for Election Year Politics

    05/15/2012 9:36:45 AM PDT · by wildbill · 49 replies
    P.J. Tatler ^ | 5/15/2012 | Patrick Poole
    Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as the week progressed, a developing bombshell story got buried under President Obama’s gay marriage announcement. Not only is the supposed CIA asset not a CIA asset at all, but the entire operation was exposed prematurely and the double-agent’s life was immediately threatened by an intelligence leak that very well may have come out of the White House for political gain. As...
  • Whoever Leaked the Underwear Bomber Story Ought to Be Nervous [damaging for undercover agents]

    The heat is on a U.S. official responsible for leaking details of al Qaeda's disrupted bomb plot to the Associated Press. On the Sunday talk shows, high-ranking officials in both chambers of Congress across both parties called for investigations and the prosecution of the man or woman who leaked details about the infiltration of al Qaeda's Yemen branch. Unlike previous situations, where government crackdowns on leakers has been criticized, this is appears to be a fairly clear-cut case of improper leaking. The mission, which resulted in the recovery of a sophisticated underwear bomb, was leaked to the AP before it...
  • Our Top Counterterrorism Officer Is a Convert to Islam

    03/25/2012 5:00:55 AM PDT · by Salman · 26 replies · 8+ views
    National Review ^ | March 25, 2012 | Daniel Foster
    The man with the nicotine habit is in his late 50s, with stubble on his face and the dark-suited wardrobe of an undertaker. As chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center for the past six years, he has functioned in a funereal capacity for al-Qaeda. Roger, which is the first name of his cover identity, may be the most consequential but least visible national security official in Washington — the principal architect of the CIA’s drone campaign and the leader of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In many ways, he has also been the driving force of the Obama administration’s...